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Scottish Crackdown on Illegal workers

Since the legislation came into force in April 2008 Scottish companies have been fined a total of £670,000 for employing illegal workers. Most employers are aware that it is an offence to employ anyone who does not have the appropriate permission to work in the UK. Ensuring that all employee are legally able to work […]

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Ban on Using Tips for Minimum Wage

Using tips to make up staff pay to minimum wage levels will be outlawed from October this year. The announcement follows a consultation on the use of tips, gratuities, service charges and cover charges in relation to the national minimum wage.

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Working Time Directive

In December 2008, the European Parliament voted to abolish the opt out clause to the Working Time Directive. A number of member states, including the UK, opposed the move. The collapse of recent conciliation talks between MEPs, government ministers and the European Commission means the UK will now retain the opt out, enabling UK employees […]

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Paternity Leave Extension Suspended

Plans to give fathers six months paternity leave have been postponed by the government to help employers during the recession. The proposal, announced in 2005, was set to be introduced this year to allow mothers and fathers to share a year of parental leave, with fathers able to take six months leave after the mother’s […]

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